Essay about Human Rights in South Ossetia

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South Ossetia is a small yet beautiful mountainous territory located between Georgia and North Ossetia. North Ossetia is located along the southern part of the border of Russia, and is an official territory of Russia. South Ossetia used to be an official territory of Georgia. However, this would all change in 1990 when South Ossetia would declare its independence from Georgia; calling themselves the Republic of South Ossetia. Georgia would try and take back control by using military force. This would end up leading to the war in 1991-1992 and conflicts again in 2004 and 2008 (King). The 2008 conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia led to the Russia-Georgia War. During this time, the Russian forces backed the Ossetians. Together, the two …show more content…
This kind of treatment could be compared to that of the United States’ military base and prison located on Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Although they are two very different scenarios, the treatment of detainees in both situations still breaks international law. The sad part is though, is that in South Ossetia, they are doing this to their very own citizens. They are burning and beating their own citizens. What is the motive? That is the question the Human Rights Watch is trying to answer themselves. No one is really sure. Reports indicate that the outbreak of the civil war may be the leading factor. South Ossetian forces carry out indiscriminate attacks. Amnesty International went on four fact-finding visits to South Ossetia with other sources and satellite imagery to gather more details about the serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that has been occurring. Findings suggest that the Ossetian Militia carried out attacks that resulted in death and looting and damage to property. The American Association for the Advancement of Science used the satellite images and conducted damage assessment to over 24 villages in just the capital of South Ossetia. The village of Tamarsheni had over 152 damaged structures and more than 100 civilian houses had been struck. A woman from Kurta village in South Ossetia told Amnesty International: "Men in military uniform were going through the

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